“This hike was something I had to prove to myself I could do. I just graduated and I’m at a point in my life where I am asking myself, ‘What am I doing to do now?’ So, I just thought I might just take on a huge hike and see if an answer occurred to me. I’m was a biology major, and it has been awesome applying all of the scientific knowledge to what I’ve been seeing on the trail.
Peter is one of over 60 “voices” you will hear in my new book, Voices of The Colorado Trail. His interview continues below his picture.
This is a pretty gritty trail. There are segments where I get pissed off. I think, ‘Why am I so tired right now!?’ It’s probably because I’ve had the most horrible diet of my entire life. It’s a sugar high, then a crash, them more M&Ms, another high, then a crash. This is the kind of cycle I’ve been going through.
“The longest hike I’ve ever been on before this was about four days. At one point I got hit with three straight days of rain. I didn’t know how to handle myself in that situation. I panicked a little bit and started wondering if I needed to call someone to come and get me. Eventually, I got through it without calling Search and Rescue. I just relaxed, put my headphones in, and just enjoyed listening to the rain beating on my tent. It was a mind over matter kind of thing.
The other night at Cascade Creek there must have been an Outward Bound group or something. I got there at 7:30 at night, tired. I had started late because I was visiting with my girlfriend at the resupply the day before. I was like, crap, there is no place to pitch a tent here. I had to book it down the trail and find the next spot, two and a half miles later. I was getting agitated and I just thought, ‘Hang on. Settle down.’
My favorite thing about this whole trip is how much a learning experience it is. Every day I feel like I am a little smarter, a little faster, a little stronger. Yesterday I learned I had to hang my food bag higher or the deer were going to get into it.”